Similarities Between Jonathan Livingston Seagull And The Myth Of The Cave

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An allegory is a story that has hidden meaning buried in it, usually a moral, political, or religious meaning. The book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, and the short story “The Myth of the Cave” by Plato, are both considered to be allegories. In fact, they are very similar allegories because their hidden meanings are alike. In “The Myth of the Cave,” the people are sitting in a deep, dark cave with nothing to live for. Similarly, in “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” the flock is wrapped up in the idea that all they have to do in life is find food and eat it. Also, the main characters in both stories had a mentor that showed them that there is indeed, more to life than what they have been doing. In both stories, there was a higher…show more content…
In “The Myth of the Cave,” one of the men was released from his chains and was able to observe his surroundings. At first he was very confused at the blinding sight of the blazing fire and the black cut-outs. Eventually someone lead him out of the cave and into the rays of sunlight. In Jonathan Livingston Seagull, after Jonathan had left the flock, he was accompanied by two brilliant seagulls. He practiced flying with them and learned many things from them. Soon, he met another wise Seagull named Chiang that taught him far more than he ever knew was possible. Jonathan was trapped in his flock, trying to teach himself how to fly better until someone helped him discover even…show more content…
In “The Myth of the Cave,” the man got to study the rest of the world while the other men were still chained up watching the shadows. He observed the sun and how it caused the seasons. Later, he went back down to the cave and tried to share what he had discovered with the other men but they laughed at him because he couldn’t see the shadows as well as they could. The only reason he couldn’t see the shadows was because he had been out of the cave and had been introduced to the sun. They thought that he had ruined his eyesight when in fact their eyesight has been in ruin all along. In Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Jonathan returns to his flock after having learned so much from Chiang. He too wanted to share what he had learned, but was also rejected. The Elder seagull told the flock to ignore him and that anyone who speaks to him is also an outcast. It says “Gray-feathered backs were turned upon Jonathan” (Jonathan Livingston

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